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How Much Water is your Home Wasting? [Infographic]

From cooking to cleaning and manufacturing to shipping, humans consume excessive amounts of the earth’s most precious resource. Since only 1% of the earth’s water is available for human consumption, we need to reduce the amount of water we use. Excessive water consumption occurs in our homes everyday. Curious to know how much water your own home is wasting? With the help of our Blog-Off experts, we’ve compiled information on US residential water consumption. Embed this infographic on your site: Source: eLocal.com Need plumbing help? Find a Local Plumber Search

Urinals

Urinals are hard to maintain especially if they are in high-traffic public places. Urinals are that they can clog easily, the auto-flush may not work properly, and stalls are often damaged due to vandalism. Urinal require the service of an experienced commercial plumber more frequently than regular bathrooms. The trouble is that urinal stalls damage much easier than regular commodes. Therefore, it is important to take care of faulty urinals immediately. Many urinals today are equipped with automatic flush systems, which are similar to those on newer model toilets. There is a sensor that detects motion and when the object …

The Shower Head Is Leaking When Off

When a shower head is leaking, even with the faucets off, it’s an annoying and possibly expensive situation. In most cases, the washer needs to be replaced. However, there are usually two other causes of a leaky shower head. The pipe connecting to the head may be the cause of the leak, or the holes in the shower head are clogged. To discover the problem, unscrew the shower head and removing it from the shower. Make sure to protect the part of the shower head that connects to the pipe. Remove the face of the shower head and change the …

Why Is My Toilet Sweating?

A sweating toilet bowl can cause mildew and mold growth in your bathroom. Toilet bowls sweat because the air around the toilet is considerably warmer than the temperature of the toilet water. This creates condensation and causes the toilet to sweat. You can purchase an anti-sweat toilet kit to insulate the tank and reduce condensation. The kits are inexpensive, easy to install, and are very effective. Liners are applied with an adhesive to the inside of the tank. They are nearly permanent, and will require some effort to remove. Most anti-sweat toilet kits are universally sized to fit the dimensions …

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Shower Heads

There are many different types of shower heads available today. They pulsate, massage, spray, and trickle, but installation might not be as simple as you think. Professional help might be needed with installation. Some shower heads can be quickly changed. But, not every shower head will fit on your current fixtures. Even if the old shower head just needs to be changed to the new one, you can create problems if you do not totally follow the instructions. And, many come with their own hardware, needing to be hooked up to the plumbing system. It’s always a good idea to …

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Shower Pans

Shower pans often need to be replaced or repaired. If you notice grout missing in places, a gap between the wall and the tile, water leaking from the pan to the lower floor, or discoloration of the flooring it’s time for repair as soon as possible. Shower pans replacement can be done without altering your current shower setup. This is a project that should be handled professionally so no further problems occur during the process. Most shower pan problems come from missing grout or separation from the wall. Older showers were made with sheet rock, and the pans made with …

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My Toilet Flushes By Itself

Many homeowners have experienced a toilet that seems to flush by itself. If this has ever happened to you, you probably wondered if you needed to call a plumber or ghostbusters. It’s not so mysterious…just a problem in the plumbing. A toilet may flush by itself when the Douglas valve seal becomes warped. When this valve seal becomes warped, the toilet tank will continually leak water into the bowl and the fill sensors are triggered that the toilet bowl is full and needs to be flushed. This is the same principle as when you fill the toilet with buckets of …

My Toilet Is Leaking From The Base

This situation can be very confusing. Is the toilet bowl is leaking from bolts or just sweating? Your first step will be to determine the source of the problem. One way to is to add some food coloring to the toilet bowl. Let it sit for a few minutes, then flush. If you have a leak, the colored water will leak from the base. If you discover that you do have a leak, the toilet will need to be removed and the wax ring replaced. Hiring an experienced plumber is the best way to replace the wax ring (especially since …

Leaking Tubs

If you have a leaky tub, you want to find the leak and repair it before further damage occurs. There are many reasons why tubs leak including: leaky drains, pipes or the tub itself. Leaking tubs are not as uncommon as people think. They do deteriorate with age. The problem might be a simple situation like missing grout or something more serious such as a worn fixture that needs replacement. In the long run, a visit from an experienced plumber will be cheaper than a temporary fix that you would do yourself. Need plumbing help? Find a Local Plumber Search

The Shower Loses Hot Water When Someone Else Runs Water In The House

When you take a shower and you lose hot water when someone else in the home runs water, the problem may be that your main water pipes are too small. New pipes might need to be installed in the home. Or, there could be sediment buildup or corrosion at the opening of the water heater hot water valve. Sediment or corrosion could cause fluctuations in the water temperature. A professional plumber should be called to asses the situation, since solutions could include replacement of corroded pipes, checking the water heater, or replacing the shower system with one that is pressure …